Saturday, January 17, 2004

College Hoops Roundup

Today there are three big games:

1. UCONN (1) at North Carolina (11): The top ranked Huskies travel to the infamous Dean Dome to take on Roy Williams and the Tar Heels. UNC lost a close game to Maryland earlier in the week and they'll look to May & McCants who are both averaging 17 points to lead the way. Felton, leading the Heels in assists, needs to step up and have a solid game and help contain UConn's superstar Ben Gordon (19 ppg). Sean May has to matchup with Okafor who leads UConn in points and rebounds (11.6 rpg). Should come down to the last five minutes.

2. Wake Forest (3) at Duke (2): Wake is coming off their only loss of the season to Texas and head into hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium. I fucking hate Duke, so I'm, pulling for Wake in this game! Super soph, Eric Williams, leading the Demon Deacons in points & rebounding, must have a perfect game (after a terrible 4 point output against Texas). They have to watch out for Duke's leading scoring Redick and their super freshman sensation Luong Deng who is having a solid season averaging 14 ppg and 6 rpg.

3. St. Joseph's (6) at Xavier: You gotta love St. Joe's! They boast one of my favorite backcourts in Jameer Nelson & Delonte West (combined scoring average: 37.7). They'll lead the way for the undefeated St. Joe's. But they have to be careful with Xavier. They are only 9-5 but historically they play tough at home. How many times over the last decade has top ranked teams walked into Xavier, only to be upset (think Cincy & Dayton)? That is why St. Joe's is only a 3 1/2 point favorite today. Watch out for swingman Romain Sato, who leads Xavier in points & rebounding.

And on Monday, Pitt (currently undefeated, and should remain so after they trounce Rutgers today) will take on UConn Monday night for a matchup between the two best teams in the Big East. That should be an exciting game. Oh and St. John's sucks. Bet heavily against them this week.

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